Touch­line ac­ro­bat­ics

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Two years ago, law 18 was amended so that one of its clauses read: “The ball is not in touch or touch-in-goal if a player jumps from within or out­side the play­ing area and catches the ball, and then lands in the play­ing area, re­gard­less of whether the ball reached the plane of touch.”

Su­per Rugby Aotearoa pro­vided some ex­am­ples and it ap­pears that Premiershi­p wings have been hard at work. By­ron McGuigan of Sale de­fied a Har­lequins touch-fin­der and Josh Bas­sett picked off Dan Big­gar’s kick. He tracked the ball’s flight and lept in­field, gath­er­ing, rolling over and en­sur­ing Wasps could clear the dan­ger.

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